Plays Directory : Billy Elliot The Musical

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Lee Hall, Elton John
  • Written
    2005
  • Setting
    Britain, 1980s and 1990s
  • Overview
    The film is set during the UK miners' strike (1984–1985), and centres on the life of Billy (Jamie Bell), his love of dance, and his hope to become a professional ballet dancer. Billy's father (Gary Lewis) and older brother Tony (Jamie Draven) are both out on strike. Billy's mother is no longer alive and Billy's and Tony's invalid Nan (Jean Heywood) lives with the family.

    Billy is taken to the boxing gym by his father, but he finds out that he does not really like the sport. Part of the boxing gym is used by a ballet class because their usual studio in the basement of the sports centre is being used as a soup kitchen for the striking miners. He is drawn in by the ballet teacher (Julie Walters), and with her help, secretly starts taking ballet lessons. Billy's father finds out after the boxing teacher makes comment of Billy's absence. Billy is then forbidden to dance but continues secretly because he is becoming passionate about it.

    As a consequence of Tony's arrest during a confrontation between police and striking miners, Billy misses an important audition for the Royal Ballet School. His ballet teacher goes to their house to tell his father about the missed opportunity. Billy's father and brother, fearing that Billy will be seen as a "poof," become outraged at the idea of him becoming a professional ballet dancer.

    Once having accidentally seen Billy dance, however, his father realises that his son is truly gifted and is willing to do whatever it takes to help him realise his dream. He attempts to cross the picket line to pay for Billy's training, but is stopped by his older son. Instead, his fellow miners and the neighbourhood raise money for Billy. His father takes Billy to London himself to audition for the Royal Ballet School. Billy is accepted to the Royal Ballet, and leaves home at age 11 to attend the school.

    The film ends with a scene that takes place fourteen years later (approximately 1999), when Billy has finally reached his goal through dancing: the older Billy (dancer/actor Adam Cooper) takes the stage to perform the lead in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake as his father and brother watch in the audience.

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8 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Cecilia Nelson
Cecilia Nelson
Assistant Stage Manager
2020, Assistant Stage Manager
Lyric Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Regent Theatre
Alexandra Kostis
Alexandra Kostis
Stage Manager
2019, Production Assistant / Child Supervisor
Tom Bathurst
Tom Bathurst
Technician
2019, Duty Technician, LX Operator
Robert Ludlam Theatre
Jack Hutchinson
Jack Hutchinson
Hair Stylist
2019, Hair & Wigs
Hope Valley College
Tom Mulliner
Tom Mulliner
Lighting Programmer
2019, Lighting Programmer
Sao Paulo
Harmoni Shaw
Harmoni Shaw
Child Actor
2018, Ballet Girl
Minster School
Adam Woodhouse
Adam Woodhouse
Stage Manager
2018, Stage Manager
KKhushi Gosrani
KKhushi Gosrani
Child Actor
2018, Lead
Aragon Primary School
Milton Cordero
Milton Cordero
Technician
2018, Video Mapping
Joe Carter
Joe Carter
Actor
2018, Dad
College Theatre - Burgess Hill / Clair Hall - Haywards Heath
Jack Marshall Singadia
Jack Marshall Singadia
Sound Engineer
2018, Head Of Sound / FOH Sound Engineer
Leeds West Academy
Troy Tipple
Troy Tipple
Child Actor
2018, Billy
Immanuel Olufade
Immanuel Olufade
Child Actor
2018, Dad
Hannah Wilson
Hannah Wilson
Child Actor
2017, Chorus
Lauren Thornton
Lauren Thornton
Wardrobe Assistant
2017, Dresser
Palace Theatre
Laura Waite
Laura Waite
Wardrobe Supervisor (Deputy)
2017, Deputy Wardrobe Mistress
Tim Henshaw
Tim Henshaw
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, ASM/Book Cover
UK & Ireland Tour
Dan Gardner
Dan Gardner
Technician, Assistant
2017, Performer Flying
Fiona Hope
Fiona Hope
Actor
2017, Clipboard Woman
St Mary's Theatre
Ed Burnside
Ed Burnside
Director
2017, Resident Director
U.K. And Ireland Tour

Alternative Names

Billy Elliot, Billy Elliot The Musical by Lee Hall, Elton John